Thursday, January 8, 2009

College Radio Support for Shut-Down Station KTXT

I just did a guest blog post over on the newish WBGU blog talking about how important college radio was for me when I was living in small town Ohio. That experience makes me feel even more sympathetic to the plight of Lubbock, Texas station KTXT, which is trying desperately to galvanize support in order to keep the nearly 50-year-old college radio station on the air after it was shut down by Texas Tech in December without warning.

I'm happy to see on the Save KTXT Facebook page that a number of college radio stations have offered their support. Can you add your station to this list? We really are all in this together.

"Everyone at KTXT would like to thank all the following college radio stations for messages of support:

1. Bowling Green State University - WFAL "Falcon Radio" and WBGU 88.1 (Bowling Green, OH)

2. Indiana University - WIUX "Pure Student Radio" 99.1 FM (Bloomington, IN)

3. North Dakota State University - KNDS "Radio for Everyone" 105.9 FM (Fargo, ND)

4. University of Minnesota - KUOM "Radio K" 106.5 FM (Saint Louis Park, MN)

5. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - WRPI 91.5 FM (Troy, NY)

6. Portland State University - KPSU 1450 AM "Portland's College Radio" (Portland, OR)

7. University of California - Davis - KDVS 90.3 FM (Davis, CA)

8. University of Central Oklahoma KCSC 90.1 HD-2 (Edmond, OK)

9. West Texas A&M University - KWTS 91.1 FM "The One" (Canyon, TX)

10. Rice University - KTRU 91.7 FM "Rice Radio" (Houston, TX)

11. Texas Christian University - KTCU 88.7 FM "The Choice" (Fort Worth, TX)"


Babyfoodlibrarian said...

I am faculty at Texas Tech and a member of the Facebook group. I am curious if anyone out there has ever applied for grant funding to keep their college station running. Does anyone have any suggestions on this route, including grant sources for this type of thing? We're grasping at whatever straws we can find.

Jennifer Waits said...

I believe that WFMU has received grant money for specific projects.

The station that I'm at does an annual fundraiser, as well as events throughout the years to raise money.

Especially in this economy, it seems like more and more college radio stations need to become self-sufficient financially. Most get a little more warning that KTXT, though!